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102 y/o Desiline Victor to get voting-rights bill naming honors

From an Advancement Project press release:

As an answer to fixing Florida’s flawed election system, State Senator Oscar Braynon, along with civil rights organizations Florida New Majority and Advancement Project, are joining North Miami resident Desiline Victor to introduce a bill that will protect and improve the right to vote in Florida.

Sen. Braynon’s SB 888 – Desiline’s Free and Fair Democracy Act – helps modernize the state’s voting system and enshrines the fundamental right to vote into state law.

The event is at the North Miami Public Library, where Ms. Victor, age 102, was forced to stand in line for hours before being able to cast her ballot. Her story became national news when Advancement Project brought her to the attention of the White House, after the organization discovered her during her struggle to vote. President Barack Obama recounted her voting experience during the recent State of the Union address, as Ms. Victor received a standing ovation from lawmakers while sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box.

Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis is available for interview, along with Florida New Majority Executive Director Gihan Perera.

WHAT: Launch of Desiline’s Free and Fair Democracy Act

WHO: State Senator Oscar Braynon, Florida New Majority, North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre and a host of other voting rights advocates

WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11 am

WHERE: North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St, North Miami, FL 33161

Background from the Miami Herald's last story about Victor:

WASHINGTON -- At 102 years old, it is possible that Desiline Victor is the oldest guest ever to attend a State of the Union address.

But the North Miami woman, known as “Granny” among the city’s Haitian community, was chosen less for her age than what she stands for.

As a naturalized U.S. citizen who waited for more than three hours to cast her ballot Nov. 6, Victor represents what President Barack Obama wants to highlight most in his second term. So she will be sitting Tuesday night in the first lady’s box, along with other invited guests.

“I know I’m going to sit with the president’s wife,” she said. “I did not think I would get here. I am proud.”

As an immigrant, former farm worker, respected elder and minority from a heavily populated part of South Florida, Victor and others like her stand to benefit most from the policies the president will discuss during his speech, White House officials say.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/11/3229065/first-lady-michelle-obama-invites.html#storylink=cpy


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Kate Leonard

I need to get in touch with Ms. Victor. I am from Save America's Children, a non profit foundation. I have a gift for Ms. Victor. It's a painting of President Obama.

Does anyone out there know how I can call her?

Kate Leonard

Eleanor Pinder

This is really for the birds, first off no one FORCED this woman to stand in line.Chances are if u asked the workers if she was not taken inside the library & given a seat, just like many other senior citizens. If this woman was any other color no one would have cared. I feel like our country is run by a bunch of idiots.So many people in need in our country including north miami and surrounding area, why isnt someone helping out the needy (forget color). Lets not make such a fuss over meeting the President, he is just another human being, & he puts his trousers on like all men do. Resident since 3/17/44 EAP

Janice Bates

Ms. Pinder I agree with you. It is frustrating that real issues and needs are put aside to focus an old lady (white, black or Hispanic)having to wait in line for hours to exercise their right to vote to hopefully elect someone who can reach over the aisle and get something done in Washington. But unfortunately, we live in a time of "wagging the dog." Keep them looking at the insignificant stuff and off the important stuff. I am an African American old lady and I wish the president could reach out to large employer to help the unemployment crisis in this country. Local voters registration
agencies should handle waiting in line issues.

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